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Council Minutes


March 13, 2006





Mayor James H. Wilson X  
City Clerk Stanton D. Burdette X  
City Attorney James M. Casey X  
Finance / Human Resources Heather Moore X  
Executive Secretary Harriett Nibert X  
Municipal Judge Jeremy T. Vickers   X
At Large Brian Billings X  
At Large Kevin R. Nott X  
First Ward James W. Fetty   X
Second Ward Robert C. Doeffinger, Jr. X  
Third Ward M. Leota Sang X  
Fourth Ward J Glen Long X  
Fifth Ward Elaine Grimm Hunt   X
Sixth Ward Ronald R. Kapp X  
Seventh Ward William H. Wallace X  
Eighth Ward Carol L. Jones   X


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The Common Council of the City of Point Pleasant, a Municipal Corporation in Mason County, West Virginia, met in Regular Session at City Hall, 400 Viand Street at 7:00 p.m. on Monday March 13, 2006. J. Glenn Long led Council in Prayer. The meeting was called to order by Mayor James H. Wilson who led Council in the Pledge of Allegiance.


The Mayor asked for a motion to approve the minutes of the Regular Council meeting of February 13, 2006. J. Glenn Long moved to approve and Brian L. Billings added the second. The minutes were approved unanimously. The Mayor then asked for a motion to approve the Financial Statements of the General, Coal Severance, Water and Sewer Funds for the month of February 2006. Ronald R. Kapp moved to approve the statements and William H. Wallace added the second. The Financial Statements were unanimously approved.   The Mayor then asked for a motion to approve the Outstanding Obligations for the month of February 2006. Kevin R. Nott made the motion and Brian L. Billings added the second.  The motion passed unanimously. M. Leota Sang abstained.


RESOLUTION REAFFIRMING STREET CLOSING City Attorney James Casey presented the second reading of a Resolution reaffirming the action taken by a previous Council to close the right-of-way of Windsor Court (street) between Jackson Avenue and Jefferson Avenue that once divided parcels 74 and 75 on sheet 10 of the Mason County Assessor’s map. He reminded Council that the property in question had originally been mapped with a street right-of–way but current deeds show that no right-of-way presently exists.  City records can not be found of the street closing. Robert C. Doeffinger moved to approve the second reading and Ronald R. Kapp added the second. The second reading was unanimously approved. MUNICIPAL TRAFFIC SCHOOL ORDINANCE CHAPTER 1, ARTICLE 303.09 Mr. Casey presented the second reading of the Traffic School Ordinance. Mr. Casey explained that the Ordinance would authorize the City to conduct a traffic school to allow first time offenders of minor traffic violations to attend the school and become better educated in traffic safety in lieu of facing prosecution. The mayor added that the money derived from the school would stay in the City and that no points would be charged to the offenders driving record. Ronald R. Kapp moved to adopt the second reading and J. Glenn Long added the second.  In discussion, questions were raised concerning the costs of the school and the instructor’s fee. Ronald R. Kapp restated his motion to adopt the second reading of the Ordinance and include the amendment that the instructors fee would be paid in an amount approved by Council. J. Glenn Long added the second and the Ordinance was unanimously adopted. INSTRUCTOR FEE SET M. Leota Sang moved to set the instructors fee for the Municipal Traffic School at $10.00 per student. J. Glenn Long added the second and the fee was unanimously approved. DISTRESSED PROPERTY Mr. Casey informed Council that the Enforcement Agency had sent Howard Yeager a letter about the distressed property on Main Street. He explained that because Mr. Yeager did not transfer the property to the City that it would be in the City’s best interest to resume the process of condemnation by sending the letter and posting the property. Mayor Wilson added that he, Mr. Casey and the City Inspector were proceeding cautiously to prevent any unnecessary delays. FOUR WAY STOP 24TH & JEFFERSON Mr. Casey stated that a public hearing would need to be held before voting on the second reading of changes in traffic flow. Kevin R. Nott moved to table the second reading of the four-way stop until the next regular Council meeting with a public hearing to be held 30 minutes prior to Council. J. Glenn Long added the second and motion was unanimously approved.   CITY WATERWELLS Mayor Wilson stated that Gencorp will be in the City next week to discuss the situation of the City’s water wells with respect to cleaning or possibly relocating to another wellfield. LANDFILL The Mayor reported that the City had received a request for information from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regarding the old City Landfill located near the County Fairgrounds. He added that he wanted Council to remain informed of the situation. FLOODWALL MURALS POLICY ESTABLISHED Mr. Casey stated that he had grave reservations about the City being involved with this type of activity. Mayor Wilson recognized William H. Wallace of the Street Committee. Mr. Wallace explained that the Committee met previously to develop a policy regarding the painting of murals on the floodwall in response to a request from Main Street Baptist Church. The Committee recommended the following policy: It is the policy of the City of Point Pleasant that no images or signs be painted, drawn or otherwise portrayed on the city side of the floodwall opposite the Ohio and Kanawha Rivers. The City will allow, in conjunction with our Riverfront Park, on the floodwall facing the Ohio River within the boundaries of the Park, depictions of our revolutionary and river heritage. The images shall be produced and otherwise applied to the floodwall by professional artist. The work shall be approved by a committee appointed by City Council. It will be further the obligation of the City to maintain the floodwall images in good visual order and free of graffiti. Robert C. Doeffinger moved to adopt the policy and Ronald R. Kapp added the second. In discussion, several differing views were presented. Some Council members stated that they opposed the murals because it would set precedent and the City could possibly lose control of who could paint on the floodwall. Attorney Casey added that the proposed mural was religious in nature and therefore every religion may want to paint on the floodwall. Pastor Richard Sargent and Parishioner Robin Jones stated that they would not be upset with the City but that they just wanted everyone to abide by a policy. After a long discussion, Council voted 6-1 to adopt the Policy and restrict the painting of murals on the floodwall. Kevin R. Nott voted in opposition to the policy.


WATER BILL DELINQUENCIES Finance / Human Resources Director Heather Moore informed Council that prior to adopting the WV Public Service Commission Standards for delinquent water bills, a typical month of delinquents was approximately $45,000.00. She stated that since the new policy took affect, the most recent delinquent list totaled approximately $6,500.00. TRUCK PURCHASES Ms. Moore then presented bids for trucks for the Sewer and Water Departments. Ronald R. Kapp moved to accept the low bids from Smith Superstore in the amounts of $25,995.50 for the Water Department truck and $20,771.90 for the Sewer Department truck. J. Glenn Long added the second and the purchases were unanimously approved with M. Leota Sang abstaining. Ms. Moore explained that the funds would come from an excess in the Water Reserve account and the Sewer Depreciation Account. 2006-2007 BUDGET Ms. Moore then presented the 2006-2007 Levy Estimate (Budget Document) for the General and Coal Severance Funds. She stated that there was an error in the calculation that would bring in approximately $7,000.00 in Ad Valorem Taxes. Council reviewed the entire Budget Document and Ms. Moore, Mayor Wilson and Clerk Burdette answered questions. The Mayor stated that the only fee increase was the inclusion of a proposed Hotel / Motel Tax. After a lengthy work session, Ronald R. Kapp moved to approve the 2006-2007 General Fund Budget as written with the amendment of the additional $7,000.00 in Ad Valorem taxes being used to pay for increases in employee health insurance. J. Glenn Long added the second and the document was unanimously approved. Ronald R. Kapp then moved to approve the 2006-2007 Coal Severance Fund Budget. J. Glenn Long added the second and the Coal Severance Budget was unanimously approved.


AUDIT City Clerk Stanton D. Burdette reported that the Accounting Firm of Bassett & Lowe had been working on the audit and that it would be completed soon.                                                                                                      


Stanton D. Burdette presented Fort Randolph Invoices totaling $47.05 from Thomas Do-It Center for materials used in fireplace construction at the Fort. The funds would be paid from grant money. Ronald R. Kapp moved to pay the invoices and Kevin R. Nott added the second. The invoices were approved unanimously.


HOMELAND SECURITY Mayor Wilson stated there was an upcoming Homeland Security meeting to be held at Stonewall Jackson Resort. He added that he and Police Chief Ronald Spencer would be attending BIRD FLU SUMMIT Mayor Wilson stated that there was also an upcoming Regional – County Bird Flu Summit at Cabell Midland High School. He added that he and Police Chief Ronald Spencer would be attending that meeting. FIREWORKS The Mayor then asked for Council to approve the down payment of $5,000.00 to Zambelli Fireworks. Robert C. Doeffinger moved to approve the payment and Ronald R. Kapp added the second. The payment was unanimously approved. ANNUAL CONTRIBUTIONS The Mayor then asked for a motion to approve the following yearly budgeted contributions: HOMELESS SHELTER----------$500.00 SENIOR CITIZENS---------$1,000.00 LITTLE LEAGUE-----------$1,000.00 GIRLS SOFTBALL----------$1,000.00 HEALTH DEPARTMENT-------$1,000.00 ECONOMIC DEVELPOMENT----$3,000.00 COUNTY LIBRARY----------$4,000.00 Ronald R. Kapp moved to approve the contributions and M. Leota Sang added the second. The contributions were unanimously approved. RESOLUTION-FAIR HOUSING MONTH The Mayor then presented a Resolution declaring the month of April as Fair Housing Month in Point Pleasant. Brian L. Billings moved to adopt the Resolution and Kevin R. Nott added the Second. The Resolution was unanimously adopted. COUNCIL CONCERNS Kevin R. Nott asked if any progress had been made regarding finding the true average income of the City residents that was used in calculations for sewer grant proposals. The Mayor stated that so far the numbers were matching up with internet information but the City could do a door to door survey. Brian L. Billings asked about a letter from resident concerning a distressed property on Shore Street. The Mayor stated that the resident had been sent a letter notifying them of the need to clean up the property and they were in the process of doing so. Robert C. Doeffinger stated that sewer bills would have to be increased approximately $13.00 per month to do the North Point Drainage Project and correct some other sewer problems in the City. He added that the next step in the process would be to raise rates in order to be able to qualify grants or low interest loans. He continued that once rates were raised, then an engineering firm could put together a presentation to apply for funding. M. Leota Sang asked where the City was regarding the Mason County Public Service Commissions (MCPSC) request that the City take over the Camp Conley Water and Sewer Systems. Mayor Wilson reminded Council that the City had met with all parties last year but that the MCPSC had not turned over any financial information for review. Mayor Wilson stated that this was J. Glenn Longs last Council Meeting and he was grateful for the work he had done on Council in serving the City. ADJOURNMENT There being no other business, William H. Wallace moved to adjourn the meeting and Kevin R. Nott added the second. The meeting was adjourned at 9:55 P.M. by unanimous vote.  

_______________________________ James H. Wilson, Mayor

______________________________Stanton D. Burdette, City Clerk 






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